Dry Creek Waterfall


Dry Creek Waterfall

Full of fun and challenges track leads to Dry Creek Waterfall, which is found in Belmont Regional Park, Lower Hutt. Could be easily reachable in a dry season, but after rain it will require multiple river crossings and could be difficult to walk.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 41° 09.178' E 174° 57.657' 
Parking: Hebden Cres, Haywards, Lower Hutt
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 1hr 

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 4m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail



Walking and driving instructions


Dry Creek Waterfall is roughly a 20-25 minutes’ drive away from Wellington (with traffic could be 1 hr). The road surface is always sealed.

From Wellington travel north on the SH-1 for roughly 6km, then turn right into the SH-2 and stay on it for the next 16.5km. Turn left into SH-58, then immediately turn left again to Hebden Cress (has a sign 'Belmont Regional Park') and follow it for the next 100-200m. A huge car park (well signposted) is found almost at the beginning of Hebden Cress. Toilets and picnic tables are found in 300 meters from the parking.

From the carpark follow Dry Creek Waterfall Track. A first part of the track is very easy and well-looked after and has a few footbridges over the creek. The second part of the track follows the Dry Creek bed - be ready to cross and re-cross the creek several times as the route heads up along this creek. This hiking can be quite tricky and challenging when the water is high, but in a dry season, it could be relatively easy.

En route is a small waterfall, which may disappear in a dry season. Keep moving upstream unless you reach the main waterfall itself (as per the main photo). The waterfall is located in a gorge and to see it fully you'll require fording the creek (could be impossible after rain). Return via the same track.

The official sign says that the track duration is 1-hour return which is true when there is no much water. Allow at least 1.5 hours for the whole trip in a rainy season.

Energetic walkers may choose to do Dry Creek Loop track which starts from the same carpark.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


The breathtaking views and bush-clad valleys of Belmont Regional Park make it a favorite open space for walking, running, mountain biking and horse riding. Located in the hill country between Porirua and the Hutt Valley, the park features the historic Korokoro Dam, World War II ammunition stores and the original main coach road from Wellington. Boulder Hill has sweeping views over Porirua Harbour, the Lower Hutt valley and the remnants of ancient boulder block fields.


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